Elisa Korenne Book and Ballad: Hundred Miles to Nowhere
Elisa Korenne did a series of programs for us, called Book and Ballad: Hundred Miles to Nowhere. Elisa is a veteran performer, an award-winning songwriter and a New-Yorker-turned-Minnesotan. Her debut book, Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story, documents her fish-out-of-water experience moving from Manhattan to rural Minnesota. Her program included excerpts from her book, as well as songs inspired by her new home.
We expect that after this program, attendees will have learned something new about the artistic process of the singer, author, and songwriter. We also hope that they will leave thinking about identity and how it is shaped, the diversity contained within the United States, and maybe be more interested in travel. As always, we want to know why they did or did not enjoy the program, what they got out of it, and to collect public comments. We distribute evaluation forms after the program at each location.
100% of attendees responded that after watching the program, they had learned something new about the artistic process of a singer/songwriter and/or an author. 72% said that they enjoyed this program because it helped them to gain knowledge on a topic. 74% said that after watching this program, they are more interested in travel, identity and how it is shaped, and/or the diversity contained within the United States. One patron commented that they are inspired to finish their book now. Many of the librarians said that Elisa took a lot of time after the program to talk with patrons about the publishing process, and about different venues available to them, like artist in residency programs. A lot of people left inspired.
In Hallock, City Hall space was provided free of charge. In Greenbush, the Friends of the Library volunteered to set up and clean up the space, and they also provided cookies and beverages.